Luck deserts Warner as Proteas main­tain grip

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

LUCK de­serted Aus­tralia in their des­per­ate bid to sal­vage the sec­ond Test with South Africa snar­ing the vi­tal wicket of David Warner in un­for­tu­nate cir­cum­stances in Ho­bart yes­ter­day.

Warner, who was seek­ing re­demp­tion af­ter his reck­less dis­missal in the open­ing over of the first in­nings, lost his wicket while at the fore­front of Aus­tralia’s fight­back.

At stumps on the third day the home side were hang­ing in at 121 for two, still 120 runs be­hind the Proteas, who have been in con­trol of the Test since rout­ing Aus­tralia for 85 on Satur­day.

Us­man Khawaja was un­beaten on 56, his ninth Test half-cen­tury, with skip­per Steve Smith not out 18.

Warner flung his head back in de­spair when a ball from Kyle Ab­bott hit his hip and ric­o­cheted off an el­bow onto his stumps when he was on 45.

It gave the Proteas a huge fil­lip af­ter Warner and Khawaja had re­cov­ered the in­nings with a 79-run stand af­ter the loss of Joe Burns in the first over.

Burns lasted just four balls be­fore he was caught be­hind, tick­ling at one wide down the leg-side from Ab­bott.

Light­ning had struck twice for Aus­tralia with fel­low opener Warner out to an ex­pan­sive shot in the open­ing over in the first in­nings of the Test.

Khawaja played some lovely shots in his vigil, pro­vid­ing great sup­port for his cap­tain Smith, who top scored with an un­beaten 48 in the first in­nings sham­bles. – AFP

hard-fought draw would stand his side in good stead in the fu­ture.

can be key to a fa­mous se­ries win.

Aus­tralia’s bats­man David Warner (L) plays a shot off South Africa’s pace­man Ver­non Phi­lan­der on the third day’s play of the sec­ond Test cricket match in Ho­bart yes­ter­day. –

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